Erik Specht has been named as president of Mountainsmith LLC. Specht was formerly director of sales and marketing

The announcement was made by Blackstone Investment Group, parent company of the Colorado-based Mountainsmith.

He will oversee the general management of the company, both domestically and internationally, as well as all client, marketing and product functions. Mountainsmith is a maker of outdoor packs, camera bags, storage solutions and adventure-travel luggage.

Erik has been with the Mountainsmith organization since 2005 serving first as Custom Product Sales Manager and, most recently, as Director of Sales and Marketing. He has 18 years experience in the global marketing, manufacturing and distribution of products for the outdoor, sporting goods, travel, photo, electronics and pet industries. His ability at leading Mountainsmith to a strong product assortment and price-value relationship for their retailers and delivering solid financial results in a tough economy precipitated his promotion.

“We have worked hard to create a very lean, extremely qualified internal team dedicated to producing products and programs that meet the goals of our retailers, distributors and consumers,” noted Erik. “The team is bolstered with our top-notch sales force and distributors representing the brand across the U.S.A., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The combination is an impressive team poised for unparalleled service and growth.”